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Practice Management Software 101

Managing a modern law practice is a challenge, whether you’re a solo practitioner or a firm with a large support staff.  It’s all too easy to let important details slip through the cracks – an unreturned call, a missed e-mail, work that goes unbilled or uncollected.  These seemingly small lapses can have severe consequences. Practice management software offers a solution.  ...

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Connecting From a Hotel? Got a Pop-up? Be Careful. (A Guest Post by Sharon Nelson)

Many thanks to Sharon Nelson for penning this week’s guest post. Sharon is the President of Sensei Enterprises, Inc., a computer forensics and legal technology firm in Fairfax, Virginia.  She has authored many books published by the ABA Law Practice Management Section, most recently, Locked Down: Information Security for Lawyers. Sharon blogs at “Ride the Lightning.” Last month, the FBI issued ...

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Essential Chrome Extensions

On Monday we wrote about using the social web’s “hive mind” to  locate important answers and useful information.  Today, we’re pointing to an example of the hive mind in action.  On The Verge’s forums, one of the site’s editors asked Chrome users a simple question: what are your essential extensions? The post has received more than 150 responses thus far, ...

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Cloud Ethics Opinions Around the U.S.

Cloud computing isn’t a new concept.  The technology, which moves software and data off of your computer and into third-party data centers, has broken through to the mainstream.  Major companies like Apple and Microsoft have launched cloud services; commercials and ads for new cloud products abound; and investment firms are pouring money into a wide variety of cloud ventures. But ...

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Leverage the Hive Mind for Q&A

Our web driven, always-online culture has revolutionized the way we access information. Questions that would have taken hours or days to answer in a library can now be answered in seconds with a quick Google or Wikipedia search. At times, however, the sheer volume of information available online can turn the process frustrating or counterproductive.  A simple web search can ...

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This Week in Tech – July 6th

Rounding up some of the interesting technology news, tips and guides for the week of July 6th: An interesting chart shows that the ratio of PCs-to-Macs sold has dropped significantly over the last eight years. Look for a critical Internet Explorer 9 patch sometime next week. Cisco ran into some controversy regarding features added to their higher-end Linksys routers. At ...

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Say Goodbye to iGoogle

As part of an ongoing effort to focus its business, Google announced earlier this week that it’ll be shutting down several more of its less active products.  The products getting the axe this round include Google Mini, Google Video, and perhaps most significantly iGoogle. For those who aren’t familiar iGoogle, it offered users a personalized home page integrated with Google’s search bar.  Users ...

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Send Fewer E-mails and Help Save World Productivity (An Excerpt from “The Busy Lawyer’s Guide to Success”)

Excerpted and adapted from The Busy Lawyer’s Guide to Success: Essential Tips to Power Your Practice by Reid F. Trautz and Dan Pinnington. We all have a tendency to send and reply to e-mail messages when it is not absolutely necessary. E-mail messages are just so darn easy to create and send. In North America alone, tens of billions of ...

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Tech Check-in with the PMAs

The practice management advisors working for state and local bar associations around the United States and Canada are some of the foremost experts on legal technology.  If you aren’t following them, you’re missing out on some great, timely content. Here are some recent tech-highlights from their blogs: Catherine Sanders Reach from the Chicago Bar Association shared a link to a ...

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Trial Presentation Basics: Document Cameras

When it comes to trial presentation technology, most of the attention these days is focused on the software:  software that can catalogue thousands of documents and pieces of evidence; software that creates dynamic and sophisticated presentations; even software to create detailed interactive timelines. But despite the rapid growth of trial and litigation support software, one of the most popular pieces ...

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